Qualcomm and Microsoft are working together to deliver a special chip that will be embedded in Augmented Reality (AR) glasses to welcome the future of the metaverse. The chip will later be claimed to work better and faster than the existing AR glasses and can support business and entertainment activities in the metaverse in the future more optimally.
"We've been talking for years about the possibility of having a wearable device that will make a big impact," Qualcomm Chief Executive Cristiano Amon said at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Amon promises that the AR glasses will become future devices that allow users to feel realistic resemblance to meeting in real life. Future hardware will use software from Qualcomm called Snapdragon Spaces that helps perform basic augmented reality functions such as mapping physical space so digital objects can be placed on top of it. In addition, users can manipulate digital objects with hand tracking sensors which can later be utilized through the "hand gesture" feature. The presence of the chip is still a mystery because neither Qualcomm nor Microsoft have revealed the release date of their chips or AR glasses.
“Our goal is to inspire and empower others to work collectively to develop the future of the metaverse – a future based on trust and innovation,” said Microsoft Mixed Reality Company Representative Rubén Caballero.
This is not the first time Microsoft and Qualcomm have teamed up. Previously, Microsoft also collaborated with Qualcomm and produced the SQ1 chipset used in the Surface Pro X. Unfortunately, regarding cooperation in the development of the chipset for this AR headset, there is still no schedule when the finished product will be released. But if the rumors are true and Apple is developing their own headset, it will be interesting to see how Qualcomm's chipset will stand up to Apple's hardware.
Previously Launched Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Chipset
At the end of 2021, Qualcomm officially introduced its latest mobile chipset at the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021. As already reported, this new chipset uses Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. This chipset comes with a variety of premium features, ranging from 5G, AI, games, to Wi-Fi. -Fi and Bluetooth. According to Qualcomm Technologies' SVP and General Manager of Mobile, Compute, and Infrastructure, Alex Katouzian, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 sets a new standard for the next era of Android phones.
"This technology provides connectivity, photography, AI, gaming, sound and security experiences that have never been seen on a smartphone," said Alex at the virtual launch of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Later, this chipset will be adopted by a number of global OEMs, such as Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony Corporation, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. As for commercial devices that use it, it is expected to arrive at the end of 2021.